Teachings In The Air is an Indigenous health and wellness podcast hosted by Elder Gerry Oldman.
Teachings in the Air aims to inspire, motivate, and empower Indigenous people to be sound in mind, body and spirit - because that's what healthy means.
“I knew that I had to personally change to be effective, I had to free myself…& believe in change”- Gerry Oleman
Welcome to the 13th episode in Season 5 of Teachings in the Air. This week’s episode is titled “Absolute Fairness for All”
Gerry shares the space with San’yas team members Kelly Pollock, Arezou Soltani, and Robin Smoker-Peters. Gerry shares a conversation with the team about systemic racism in Canada and help create understanding & inspire people to carry on. The San’yas team & Gerry share the work they’re doing in order to help fight back against racism through their facilitation work, personal experiences, and motivations.
“I just have to say that to our relatives out there, Come Home, fight to get back” – Aaron Nelson-Moody
This week’s episode of TIA is titled “The Beauty Way.” Gerry shares the space with Indigenous artists Splash (Aaron Nelson-Moody), Nashmenetanaht (Atheana Picha), and Sydney Pickering to share a discussion about their journeys to becoming Indigenous artists in the modern day. Looking back at how art and culture were taken away from the communities and where it is today in reclaiming it. Also a deeper look into their personal philosophies, inspirations, and teachings they’d like to share with the community.
“I heard them sing with hand drums, and I watched them. I could see them identify totally as Indigenous. Just by being in contact with culture.” – Gerry Oldman
This week’s episode of Teachings in the Air is titled “Free Yourself” as Gerry shares the space with his guests Lori Pruce (Director of Indigenous Programs & Relationships) and James Knighton (Indigenous Programs & Relationships Analyst) of BC Corrections. This episode is a deep look into our history in this country in regard to corrections and what is being done to help the overrepresented Indigenous community in the prison system of Canada. Gerry shares personal stories and history with Lori & James about the corrections institutions and the work going into helping and reaching the community, no matter where they are.
Season 5 of Teachings in the Air is about #StrongMindBodySpiritHeart
“We were Very healthy, so let’s go home to that…being healthy”
This week’s episode of Teachings in the Air is titled “Strong Spirits Living in a Diabetes World”
Gerry Oldman shares the space with members of the Board of Directors & Staff of the National Indigenous Diabetes Association (NIDA). We had the honor of hosting NIDA board members Margaretta James, Mary Beaucage, and Mike Alexander for a personal story sharing of living with Diabetes and what inspires, helps, and encourages them in their daily lives as board members of NIDA and also living every day with diabetes themselves. Gerry has spent a long time discussing prominent issues in the community, and he is very thankful to have guests who are at the front of informing about Diabetes and sharing their stories.
“I just invite you to look around your medicines and pick them up and Use them” – Gerry Oldman
Welcome back to Season 5 of Teachings In The Air #StrongMindBodySpiritHeart
Today’s episode is titled 24/7. Gerry shares some personal moments about difficult times. Gerry spends time reminding himself of the gifts he has when feeling burdensome. Trying to keep fighting when it feels like everything is stacked against you, he hopes to share encouragement with you. Sharing a discussion of being down and how he found his own ways to overcome through having elders and others available to talk to in down times, movement and exercise helping the body and mind, teachings he has found which he still uses to this day!
“What I have is my experience…and that’s what I’m going to share with you” – Gerry Oldman
This week’s episode of Teachings in the Air is a special. Gerry Oldman was called on by the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to do a presentation on substance abuse disorder. Gerry shares a firsthand experience with substance abuse, stories, teachings, and fallbacks that are all involved with the long healing journey. This presentation was for UBC, and Gerry shares some careful and sincere words because he was Answering the Call.